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Narrow-link conveyor released - TheFabricator.com

Narrow-link conveyor released

June 20, 2011

DE-STA-CO has announced the release of the CAMCO® Rite-Link conveyor. The slim, compact conveyor features narrow links (1.2 in. wide) with 2.95-, 4.53-, and 5.91-in. pitches. Five standard center distances are available. Custom conveyors also can be assembled and tested for customers'...

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Molybdenum use hits new high

June 20, 2011

Global use of molybdenum has soared to a new high of 474 million lbs., surpassing the peak use in 2007 of 470 million lbs., according to new full-year figures from the International Molybdenum Association, London. The greatest demand for molybdenum in 2010 came from China, where use increased from...

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Metal clinching process helps make quick, clean joints in most ductile materials - TheFabricator.com

Metal clinching process helps make quick, clean joints in most ductile materials

June 20, 2011

The MultiLoc® metal clinching process helps make quick, clean joints in most ductile materials. Powered by a Multicyl® air/oil intensifier, the fast-advance stroke is followed by a smooth hydraulic action. There are several machine alternatives for fastening sheet metal components....

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Robot pallet wrapper handles up to 37 loads/hr. - TheFabricator.com

Robot pallet wrapper handles up to 37 loads/hr.

June 20, 2011

GaleWrap has introduced the GW-4100 robot pallet wrapper. Designed for use with the company's oriented film, the wrapper handles up to 37 loads/hr. and features a telescoping mast for accommodating loads up to 6 ft. 11 in. high. Features include a fully automated wrap-up/down cycle, built-in...

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Copper alloys medical equipment

Antimicrobial copper displaces stainless steel, germs for medical applications

June 20, 2011

Stainless steel is favored for many uses because it doesn’t rust and it’s easy to clean. However, for medical environments, copper is making inroads. Copper has been shown to kill six varieties of bacteria, and the EPA has registered more than 350 alloys to have antimicrobial properties.

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HPTR titanium tube

HPTR’s past, present, and future — Part I

June 18, 2011 | By Albert Nerino, Mark Deaver, Chris Nagele, John Reinhart

Initially developed in the 1950s for manufacturing tubing with ultrathin walls for nuclear fuel cladding, the high-precision tube roller (HPTR) continues to provide a fast, economical way to achieve extreme reductions in diameter and wall thickness.

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Metcam environmental policy

Implementing an environmental policy

June 18, 2011

No longer a green dream, environmental stewardship is becoming an imperative for manufacturers and fabricators. Thanks to its nearly decade long efforts, Alpharetta, Ga.-based Metcam has made impressive strides toward achieving this goal.

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Automation: The key to cost control

June 17, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Metal fabricators got a quick history lesson before technical presentations on automation at Mazak Optonics' open house event in Elgin, Ill., in mid-June. As with any look back, it gave everyone a better idea of what the road ahead may look like. Historical fact: While millions of U.S. citizens...

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'Think globally, act locally'

June 16, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Hexagon 2011 in Orlando, Fla. Held June 6-9, the conference hosted more than 2,500 attendees from 65 countries. Customers, partners, and members of the press were treated to keynotes, informational sessions in Geosystems; Intergraph Process, Power & Marine...

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Shankel to retire as president, CEO of Fabricators & Manufacturers Association; Youdell named successor

June 15, 2011

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA) announces the retirement of Gerald M. Shankel as president & CEO, effective October 1. The FMA Board of Directors has appointed Edward S. Youdell, group publisher of FMA Communications, Inc., FMA’s publishing arm, to succeed...

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Thermadyne announces consolidation of New Hampshire manufacturing operations

June 15, 2011

Thermadyne Holdings Corp. has announced that it is relocating the manufacturing operations of Thermal Dynamics, its wholly, owned subsidiary and manufacturer of plasma cutting and welding equipment located in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, to its other North American facilities. Engineering,...

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HRB downward price trend slowing

June 15, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for June 13 rose 1.4 percent to $738 per ton, FOB the port of export, after falling three weeks ago. The Western European HRB price slipped 0.1 percent to $814 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 3.6 percent), ex-works, for the second...

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Job shop managers, the next generation

June 14, 2011 | By Tim Heston

At every gathering of shop managers in this business--at events like FABTECH® and The FABRICATOR®’s Leadership Summit--I always notice how diverse people’s backgrounds are. Most of the metal fabrication that goes on in this country happens in small businesses, firms much like Amtex Precision...

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Tube/pipe safety conference scheduled for September

June 14, 2011

The Extrusion, Drawing, and Tube Reducing (EDTR) Council of the Tube & Pipe Association (TPA), Rockford, Ill., will hold a roundtable event, "Linking Safety to Productivity With Pipe and Tube," Sept. 18-20 at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside in Wilmington, N.C. "We will focus on safety and how it...

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Solar Atmospheres of Western PA receives SHARP accreditation

June 14, 2011

Solar Atmospheres of Western PA, a provider of vacuum heat-treating and brazing services in Hermitage, Pa., has received Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) accreditation, the highest safety designation that OSHA gives to small businesses. An OSHA consultant performed a...

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